New York State Grocers, Businesses And Labor Groups Decry Governor Spitze’s Proposed New Beverage Taxes

“Governor Spitzer Has Proposed a Job Killing Beverage Tax of Up to 72%; Every New Yorker Will Feel This New Tax Increase Every Time They Go Food Shopping”

(ALBANY) A coalition of New York State grocers, labor groups and other businesses will be working over the next several months to draw attention to a new grocery tax proposed by Governor Spitzerin today’s budget announcements and to get him to focus efforts on realrecycling reformin away that will not hurt New York’s economy and target the elderly and families.
Governor Spitzer’s proposalto expand the bottle deposit law to include nearly all of the items in astore’s beverage aisle will come at a huge cost to consumers and severely damage New York State’s economy. Northbridge Environmental Consultants has determined that if bottle deposits are expanded to cover additional beverages such aschildren’s juice drinks, athletic drinks, bottled water sand iced tea, the average increase in price for each bottle and can sold in stores will be $0.15 (including the $.05 deposit). The total cost to New Yorkers will be $337 million. As are sult of Governor Spitzer’s bottle tax, the cost, for example, of a case of 24 bottles of water that now sells for $4.99 will cost $8.59 – a whopping 72% increase.

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“Governor Spitzer has proposed a new bottle tax that every New Yorker will feel every time they go food shopping. Why should New Yorkers be forced to pay more for a bottle of apple juice than others, and why should they have to store those dirty empty bottles in their homes and be forced to haul them back to food stores in order to recycle them? Taxing our families and those on fixed incomes to pay for the latest Albany chemes just oesn’t make sense, especially when all we’re going to do is make curbside recycling more difficult an dlesse ffective,”said James Rogers, presidentand CEO of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State.

“Governor Spitzer promised no new tax esand now he’s going back on that pledge,”said Rogers.

““Expanding the bottle law will be a job killer for New York State and comes at the worst possible time,”said Joseph Wojciechowski, president of Teamsters Local 812, vice president of the National Soft Drink and Brewery Conference and vice president of the New York City Central Labor Council. “We should focusour effort son improving recycling while lowering costs and creating jobs.”

The current bottle deposit law captures and recycles soda and beer bottles and cans, but ignores about 98 percent of the materials going into our landfills. The expansion proposed by Governor Spitzer will only capture another two-tenths of one percent of the waste stream.

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“Expanding the deposit law is simply about raising money for the State off of our grocerybills,”said Rogers. “Our coalition supports Real Recycling Reform which will
make recycling more convenient, more effective and less costly. It just makes sense that if we make recycling easier by utilizing our already successful curbside and residential recycling programs –rather than forcing New Yorkers to haul more dirty bottles and cans back to food stores –more people will participate.”

New Yorkers for Real Recycling Reform is a coalition of New York businesses, labor unions and retailers, who believe that New York should look to comprehensive solutions — Real Recycling Reform — and not an outdated, ineffective and costly idea like bottle law expansion.